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Hattiesburg’s tourism industry sees gains over previous year

City officials say tourism spending is up in Hattiesburg. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/2pCBGcH ) that annual audits from the Hattiesburg Convention and Tourism Commissions were recently shared with the city council. They show that in fiscal year 2016, visitors spent $274 million in the local economy. Rick Taylor, executive director of the commissions, said that number is an increase of ...

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B&D Plastics expands on Mississippi Gulf Coast, creating 35 jobs

Demonstrating Mississippi is a place where companies can achieve sustainable growth and success, B&D Plastics, LLC is expanding in Gautier, Miss., on the Gulf Coast. The expansion is a $750,000 corporate investment and creates 35 jobs. “For more than 30 years, B&D Plastics has been a valued member of the Gulf Coast business community. The company’s expansion shows its commitment ...

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Another Mississippi city lowers Confederate-themed flag

A city that relies heavily on tourism is joining several other local governments in abandoning the Mississippi flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gillich has ordered the state flag pulled from display at all municipal buildings. City spokesman Vincent Creel said Monday that Gillich believes removing the flag will help the city’s 5.7 million ...

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Mississippi with the lowest gas prices in America, again

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that consumers could see price increases slow as crude oil costs drop. The national average is 28 cents per gallon above the price a year ago. Gas in San Francisco ...

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UPDATE: Appeal coming after ruling in favor of Costco plan

  By JACK WEATHERLY Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger ruled Friday that developers could move forward with plans to build a Costco Wholesale store on the Highland Colony Parkway – a plan hotly contested by homeowners. On Monday, Sheldon Alston, attorney for the nine plaintiffs, said the ruling will be appealed to the state Supreme Court.  Emfinger held a ...

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Camp Shelby at 100 still packs a wallop for defense and the economy

By BECKY GILLETTE Each year more than twice the number of members of the military train at Camp Shelby than there are residents of Hattiesburg, population 47,566. About 125,000 people train annually there, with about 60 percent coming from the National Guard, and the remainder from the active military services including the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. That pumps ...

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Oxford-based company starts graphene association

By JACK WEATHERLY Graphene is the strongest and thinnest material in the world, and an Oxford-based company, New Media Lab LLC, aims to promote its commercial applications by forming the National Graphene Association (NGA). Graphene will eventually find its way into almost every field and will affect many facets of human life, including energy storage, electronics, smart textiles, sensors, medical ...

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Jason Bailey named MBJ’s Under 40 Person of the Year

Jason Bailey, owner  and CEO of Summit Management Services, was named Mississippi’s Under 40 Person of the Year for 2017 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson. Bailey has been owner and CEO of Summit Mangement Services, a property management service in Oxford, since 2009. He is responsible for day-to-day ...

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Ambassadors of the Month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently presented its March Ambassadors of the Month awards to, from left, Shawnda Grace, Trustmark, Red-ticket winner; Casey Hendricks, Montgomery Institute, third place; Mary Atterberry, Rush Health Systems, first place; and Derron Radcliff, MSU Riley Center, second place. Courtesy of EMBDC  

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Houston High School solar car race team featured in IMAX film

The Houston High School Solar Car Race Team from Houston, Miss., traveled to Washington, D.C., recently for the premier of the IMAX film Dream Big: Engineering Our World. The team and its solar car Sundancer, a 16-foot-long vehicle engineered by the students, are featured in the film. Additionally, Sundancer was displayed at the Smithsonian Institute, showcasing the team’s innovation and accomplishments to the world. ...

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